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Fuel Line Newsletter 3/6/20

Town Meeting Results

Growing pressure from rising costs and declining enrollments led to the rejection of school budgets in nine school districts on Tuesday. Nine municipal budgets were also defeated on Town Meeting Day. In Vermont’s largest city, the Progressive Party flipped two seats and seized the majority on Burlington’s City Council. And in South Burlington, a contested race for city council is heading for a recount. Matt Cota, VFDA’s Executive Director, came up 74 votes short on election night. Since the margin was less than 1/2 of 1%, all the votes will be counted again with the final result announced on Saturday. Click here to read more about the race.

The Fifth Season Now that mud season is underway, keep in mind that Vermont law allows municipalities to post roads for conditions such as mud that can restrict truck traffic. Heating fuel trucks are not exempt.  Click here for information on road restrictions. 

Weight Permit Details

This is a reminder that most Vermont towns require an overweight permit for any truck in excess of 24,000 pounds. Fuel trucks can get an exemption for $5 (or $10 for an entire fleet) through an annual permit. These permits must be filed before March 31 every year in every town that requires them. If you don’t have a permit, you could be liable for thousands of dollars in fines.Go to for a list of towns that require permitting, where to apply, and to download a permit form. 


News of Note

Survey finds Vermonters oppose higher gas tax to reduce carbon emissions.

Go to to read the latest incident report from the Vermont Commerical Vehicle Enforcement Unit.

News from MA

The town of Arlington Massachusetts is attempting to implement a ban on fossil fuel infrastructure. The proposal would prohibit the installation of oil or gas heating equipment in new construction projects and/or major renovations.

News from Washington

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse detected and identified nearly 8,000 positive substance abuse tests of commercial drivers since it was implemented on January 6, 2020. The clearinghouse now has more than 650,000 registrants. Click here for more information on the clearinghouse. 


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Vermont Fuel Dealers Association
P.O. Box 1370
Montpelier, VT 05601-1370

Phone: (802) 223-7750

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